Oregon Virtual Academy Announces Approval From the State Board of Education to Serve Students Statewide

Oregon's newest online public school will open in September

Jun 19, 2008, 01:00 ET from Oregon Virtual Academy

    SALEM, Ore., June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Oregon Virtual
 Academy (ORVA) Board of Directors announced today that their school was
 granted approval by the Oregon State Board of Education to serve up to 600
 students across the state in grades K-8 for the first year. ORVA is
 scheduled to start school in September.
     The school will use the curriculum, technology and professional
 academic services provided by K12 Inc., the leading provider of K-12
 curriculum and online school programs.
     ORVA is chartered by the North Bend School District and led by the ORVA
 Board of Directors, an independent group of Oregon parents and community
 leaders who will oversee and govern the school.
     ORVA Board member, Cindy Taylor, is a mother of two children who
 resides in Beaverton, OR. She and her children have experience using the
 K12(R) curriculum and school programs.
     "On behalf of all of us at the Oregon Virtual Academy, I would like to
 thank the Oregon State Board of Education for giving our school the
 opportunity to serve children around the state who need this public school
 option," said Taylor. "Our school will use exceptional curriculum combined
 with an individualized instructional approach that will benefit many kids
 who are better suited learning in a virtual school setting. We are
 extremely grateful and look forward to working with the State Board of
 Education in the future on behalf of kids."
     Karen Helland, Chair of the North Bend School District Board of
 Directors, said, "North Bend School District is excited to partner with the
 Oregon Virtual Academy, which we believe will be an outstanding program
 that will help meet the growing demand for high quality online learning
 options. The advancement of technology is giving educators the opportunity
 to utilize new instructional methods and tools that equip students with
 21st Century knowledge and skills."
     ORVA will provide students across the state with the opportunity to
 receive an excellent public education regardless of their geographic,
 financial, or demographic circumstances. ORVA students will learn outside
 the classroom and receive instruction, direction and oversight from
 state-licensed teachers. Students will also work alongside a learning coach
 - a parent or responsible adult - who will provide guidance and assistance
 as the student progresses through the lessons. Students will be required to
 meet accountability standards, including academic and attendance
 requirements, and must participate in state assessments in a proctored
     ORVA teachers will assign lessons, provide instruction, and regularly
 interact with students and parents via email, web-based classrooms, online
 discussions, phone, and face-to-face meetings. They will also organize a
 variety of school outings for their students and families.
     Every student enrolled in ORVA will receive an individualized learning
 program using the K12 curriculum, which combines innovative web-based
 lessons with offline education materials (textbooks, workbooks, math and
 science supplies, hands-on projects, etc.). They will use individual log-in
 accounts to access their lessons, assessments, and planning and progress
 tools through the K12 Online School.
     "K12 is excited about the opportunity to serve the teachers, parents,
 students, and board members of the Oregon Virtual Academy with our
 rigorous, high-performing, interactive curriculum that has delivered
 excellent results in many other states," said Ron Packard, Founder and CEO
 of K12 Inc. "We are devoted to our mission of helping children maximize
 their potential and succeed by providing individualized education programs
 that work for every child."
     More than 40,000 students in 17 states are enrolled in online public
 schools that use the K12 program. K12 Inc. is the largest national K-12
 online school provider to be accredited by the Commission on International
 and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).
     Families interested in ORVA can find more information at

SOURCE Oregon Virtual Academy